Definition of Akkadian

Definition of Akkadian

Ancient Near East Akkad
Definition of Akkadian

or Ac·ca·di·an

[ uh-key-dee-uhn, uh-kah- ]

/ əˈkeɪ di ən, əˈkɑ- /


the eastern Semitic language, now extinct, of Assyria and Babylonia, written with a cuneiform script.

one of the Akkadian people.

Obsolete. Sumerian.


of or belonging to Akkad.

of or relating to the eastern Semitic language called Akkadian.

Obsolete. Sumerian.

Origin of Akkadian

First recorded in 1850–55; Akkad + -ian

Example sentences from the Web for Akkadian

  • Even the conservative primary civilizations (as the Egyptian, Chinese, and Akkadian) rested on much race mixture. The Evolution of States|J. M. Robertson
  • Mr. G. Bertin, the Akkadian scholar, favors the same conclusion.Palestine|Claude Reignier Conder
  • By these, it is shown to be clearly a Mongol language, closely related to the Akkadian, though somewhat later. The American Journal of Archaeology, 1893-1|Various
  • They were adopted in varying modes for writing Semitic and Aryan languages, as well as the native Akkadian. Paleography |Bernard Quaritch
  • A god called Uz has for his name the Akkadian word for goat. Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria|Lewis Spence

British Dictionary definitions for Akkadian



/ (əˈkædɪən, əˈkeɪ-) /


a member of an ancient Semitic people who lived in central Mesopotamia in the third-millennium bc

the extinct language of this people, belonging to the E Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family


of or relating to these people or their language

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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